Mo’ne Davis definitely made viewers at the Little League World Series rethink the phrase “throwing like a girl.”
When Davis started playing for the Philadelphia Taney Dragons in the LLWS preliminary games, everyone was fascinated to see how this girl would play. There have been girls who’ve played in the tournament before, but it was clear right away that she was no ordinary girl.
She was one of her team’s best hitters and fielders and an unquestioned leader, but her pitching was what made her a star. She pitched a shutout in the preliminary game to get her team into the LLWS and backed up that performance with another shutout in her first LLWS start against Nashville.
After the shutout, star athletes like Mike Trout and Kevin Durant, were tweeting about how impressed they were with Davis’s performance.
Despite her team just being eliminated from the LLWS, Davis became the coolest kid in America and one of the most popular athletes in sports for a few weeks. The world of sports couldn’t get enough of this incredible 13-year-old girl. She was constantly being interviewed by ESPN, and she became the first LLWS player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. The next game she pitched against Las Vegas broke LLWS ratings records for ESPN.
Although her performances were amazing, one of the things that stood out about Davis was how she handled herself during the immense media coverage. She handled the interviews and the cameras better than most celebrities do. She did her best to remain humble and always tried to heap praise on her teammates.
Even though Davis’s run is now over, she became a role model for many young girls around the country and will forever be one of the biggest names of the Little League World Series.